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    advice on new computer

    I am looking at a new home computer. Would like some advice. Take a look and let me know your thoughts and you wil be able to judge my budget!

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    What, no SSD?

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    also, have a look at these guys Custom Built Computers & Custom Gaming PCs - Computer Planet you can get some beasts of here for your kind of budget :-)

    James..

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    All looks good to me, except you are using the devil of a processor... AMD all the way! I got a Phenom II x4 9650 (generously bought by a previous workplace) with 8GB RAM Win7 64bit...

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    change the board from Asus to gigabyte and you have a decent machine

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    change the board from Asus to gigabyte and you have a decent machine
    any reason for this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    What, no SSD?
    Agreed, lose the Velociraptor and get an SSD instead.

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    How much are SSDs today?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GREED View Post
    How much are SSDs today?
    Price varies massively depending on capacity and speed. You could get a 40GB Corsair F40 for 83 or a 960GB OCZ IBIS for 2,200. Both SSDs use the same controllers (SandForce's SF-1200), only the IBIS has four of them vs. one on the F40 and 24x more flash.
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    You seem to be scrimping on the power supply. I'd say go for a modular power supply, so you don't have cables lying around all over the place, and also one with a decent warranty and quality.

    SSD is way out of price range at the moment IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyinghaggis View Post
    Agreed, lose the Velociraptor and get an SSD instead.
    Definitely. Even the 7,200rpm 2TB WD Caviar Black beats a VelociRaptor. I would go for a 64GB/80GB SSD plus a 1TB/1.5TB HDD if you can afford it. If not, a 1TB Samsung SpinPoint F3 would be an excellent choice.

    I'm surprised no one else has mentioned it, but that OcUK Value PSU is a shockingly bad choice, especially considering the PSU is the most important part of a computer - I definitely wouldn't scrimp on this as you will regret it later on. A decent 500w PSU is more than enough for a gaming PC like this. I would look at PSUs made by Corsair, XFX or Seasonic.

    Edit. Localzuk beat me to it.
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    SSD is surely the way to do, if you have a school (sch.uk) e-mail address, save yourself a few ponds and get it here: Microsoft Ultimate Steal/ dig it because they also have Win7 64-bit, I got it myself through this for just 30 ponds. They adversise it as upgrade but you can do a clean install

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    Quote Originally Posted by maestromasada View Post
    SSD is surely the way to do, if you have a school (sch.uk) e-mail address, save yourself a few ponds and get it here: Microsoft Ultimate Steal/ dig it because they also have Win7 64-bit, I got it myself through this for just 30 ponds. They adversise it as upgrade but you can do a clean install
    I'm an Open Uni student so got office 2010 pro plus for 40! Very impressed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    SSD is way out of price range at the moment IMO.
    I reckon even JoeBloggs could afford a decent SSD...

    150GB WD VelociRaptor (107.97) + 1TB Hitachi DeskStar 7k1000.C (40.98) = 148.95

    vs

    60GB Corsair F60 (93.53) + 1TB Samsung HD103SJ (41.94) = 135.47

    or

    64GB Crucial RealSSD C300 (109.39) + 1TB Samsung HD103SJ (41.94) = 151.33

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    JoeBloggs. Just in case you are wondering why I chose the Samsung HDD over the Hitachi HDD. Read this article and you will see why.

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